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    Banisteriopsis caapi

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    Banisteriopsis caapi


    in quechua ayahuasca means ancestral wine


    Traditional name

    Quechua: yaiè, caapi, vinho de deus

    German: Lianen-Art aus der Familie der Malpighiengewächse

    Used parts


    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Geraniales; Malpighiaceae



    Original proving

    H. Plomp/G. Hellinga, Uit je bol, Ooievaar Amsterdam 1997

    Uta Santos Koenig, Austria, 1995

    Description of the substance

    Banisteriopsis caapi is a plant found in the tropical regions of South America, including the countries of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and more. It is a liana that grows in the tropical forests of these regions and is often utilized in native tribe cultures.

    Banisteriopsis of the Malpighiaceae, is a genus of around one hundred species of plants in tropical America. Three of these are known for their hallucinogenic affects in ayahuasca. These three plants are B. inebriens, B. caapi (Schultes 1970) and B. quitensis (Schultes 1995). The best known of these three species and the main component of ayahuasca is B. caapi.


    The Malpighiaceae are trees and lianous shrubs comprising about 60 genera and 1,200 species that are further characterized by the presence of often reddish, medifixed or variously branched hairs . The leaves are simple , usually opposite, and frequently have paired glands on the petiole or base of the blade ; stipules are usually present. The flowers are mostly bisexual and are actinomorphic or weakly zygomorphic. The perianth typically consists of two whorls with 5 distinct segments in each. One or more of the sepals usually have one or more conspicuous glands. The petals are usually clawed and the limb is typically fringed or toothed . The androecium consists of usually 10 distinct or basally connate stamens in two whorls but some or half of them are commonly reduced to staminodes. The gynoecium consists of a single compound pistil of almost always 3 carpels, 3 distinct styles, and a superior ovary with 3 locules, each containing a single pendulous, axile ovule. The fruit is variable.